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Food Tracking: Advice Welcomed!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A few years ago I belonged to SparkPeople (under a different username). I tried tracking my food back then and found it to be a big pain. I did it all of a day or two. A friend of mine was tracking her food last summer when we went on a road trip and she was always writing down what she was eating, to enter later. It wasn't a hassle to me that she did it, but it seemed like a hassle to her.

I've been, um, irregular lately and wondering about my diet. I researched those probiotic pills but am unsure if I really want to go that route. As I've mentioned, I have celiac disease and one of the most empowering aspects of having it is the fact that I control the symptoms simply by what I (don't) eat -- gluten. I often say it is the best chronic disease to have -- people with celiac just have to make one change and the disease is under control.

I'm thinking about attempting to track my food again to see if tracking will shed light on my nutrient intake, with the goal of becoming regular. Food tracking seems so hard because food has so many components to it -- adding individual meats, beans, veggies, etc seems like a lot of work. Also, I'm not interested in weighing my food or measuring it out. I don't believe that I need to track my calories like others on this site NEED to.

Do you track your food? Do you do it because you absolutely NEED to? How do you do it when you eat out? When you make a recipe not from SparkPeople? Any insights on making this seem easier is welcomed. I'm not very convinced I'll stick with it, but I want to explore and try.
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    1205 days ago
  • v KELLYFIT123
    I am kind of excited by my first full day of tracking! The report is pretty neat-o. It's seems like it'll be easiest when I'm not busy at work (like this week). And sure enough, I didn't meet my daily goal for fiber... emoticon
    1215 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2013 7:25:14 PM
  • v MARGIE100%PURE
    Oh yes! It is frightening to see the hindsight of feelings and the foods that put us there. Today next week next 5 years these silly journals enlighten us and our doctors of patterns and causes to explore a change. We cannot expect to do the same things and get different results. Change is needed here or the weight goes right back on and the lazy feelings win over enduring the efforts to reach a successful conclusion. This is how I found gluten soy corn yeast cane sugar and a few others that destroyed my well balanced life and health.

    These journals are actually admissible and admirable in court cases. You may not need them as I did but a doctor may want to view such a journal to verify health challenging conclusions. We can be our own worst enemies when discomfort and routine habits need a change and we choose to overlook the obvious.

    You can see redundant repeated menus that lead to boredom or discover a bad emotional side affect of a feeling or food that you did not notice before. The food tracking option gets easier after many of the common favorites are banked in the memory for simple computations. Just relearn a habit known to lead to success and you are practicing steps to your own success.

    1215 days ago
    Yes, I feel that tracking food is very needed in your plan. emoticon
    1215 days ago
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